Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a coup injury?

2. How does Baden prove the bullet went into John Connally sideways?

3. What did Baden recommend to the MIA team?

4. What does the group find has happened to Kennedy's brain?

5. What happened in St. Louis in 1973 that hindered MIA investigations?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the symptoms of a heroin overdose, and how it kills.

2. What does Baden note in Chapter One is the price of fame when a celebrity dies, and why?

3. Explain how Baden used the digestive system to determine time of death in the Hendricks case.

4. Describe briefly the position of coroner during the reign of King Richard I.

5. Explain what actually happened to Daphne Mellon.

6. Discuss why Baden believes how someone dies is a reflection of how they live.

7. Explain why doctors believed Sunny von Bulow was suffering from low blood sugar on her arrival the third time at the hospital, in spite of EMT belief that she was suffering an overdose.

8. What are the ways mentioned in Chapter Six to identify a body?

9. Explain what Baden and his team found when they became part of the medical review board that monitors prison deaths, and how those issues were addressed.

10. Explain the situation that causes some teenagers and adults to accidentally commit suicide by hanging during sexual experimentation.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 3, Baden discusses the concept that the death of a person is indicative of the life that person led. After reading the book, and seeing Baden's examples, do you think Baden is correct? Why or why not? Do you think the lives of certain individuals lead to their demise? Why? Does this mean we can, to some extent, control our own fate? Why or why not? Does this necessarily mean some deserve their death? Why or why not? Be sure to use examples given by Baden in the book, as either support for your position or as reasons to disprove his theory. Incorporate your own examples, as well, to support your view.

Essay Topic 2

The case of Carl Cappolono is listed as being an almost perfect crime. However, this case had several holes in it that eventually led to Carl's demise. Based on the book, what kinds of mistakes do killers make that eventually come back to haunt them? What do killers assume about poison, and why is this assumption incorrect? How can an ME detect poisons long after they have been administered, according to the tests done in the book? What does this say about the idea that poison killings are killings without a trace?

Essay Topic 3

There are several cases in the book where individuals take part in the death of another person, but are determined to be innocent of wrongdoing. These cases include the case of Daphne Mellon, the doctor and nurse in Chapter 10, and the Sutton Place banker, Robert. Choose one of these cases, and discuss the following:

1.) What was the cause of death for the victim?

2.) What were the circumstances surrounding their death?

3.) Why was no one convicted of their murder?

4.) Do you think that the person(s) involved in the victim's death should have been brought to trial? Why or why not? What is the difference between your chosen case, and the case of Cathy Smith, who served time for giving John Belushi his last drug injection? Why was she brought to justice, but the people in your chosen case were not? What does this say about the current system?

Be sure to go into specific detail about why these deaths were considered accidents, even though someone else was present, or contributed to the death.

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